Since moving to Rome in 2000, the ambience and sites of the Eternal City have captured the imagination of Irish artist Andy Devane. His latest exhibition of paintings and illustrations continues his trademark mixture of history and whimsy, and follows last year's successful London show.
Caput Mundi is for one night only and will be launched by H.E. Patrick Hennessy, Ambassador of Ireland to Italy. Pontifical Irish College, Via dei Santi Quattro 1, 00184 Roma.
'Carnevale', an exhibition of new work by Irish artist Andy Devane, takes place in Highgate Gallery, London in February 2010.
Devane takes the Italian festival of Carnevale as his inspiration, and treats the cities of Rome and Venice as giant funfairs, full of the colour and excitement associated with an evening at the circus. Devane lived in Rome for seven years and knows his subject matter well. In addition to his richly-painted illustrations, his latest show includes larger works on canvas, displaying his trademark use of strong colour and fine detail. Carnevale, which is kindly supported by the Embassy of Ireland to Great Britain, comprises 30 paintings and promises to follow on from the success of his 2008 exhibitions in Dublin's Istituto Italiano di Cultura and Rome's Pontifical Irish College.
Highgate Gallery, 11 South Grove, Highgate, London N6 6BS
"Devane's art shows all the trappings of a solid understanding of the Italian spirit conveyed with uncanny originality and kindled by dazzling colours."
Roberto Ruggiu M.Sc.
Roma Antica flier
Roma Antica press release
Promotional flier, November 2009
Ambassador Noel Fahey opens Roma Antica
In 2008 February Devane exhibited "Affinitá" at the Italian Cultural Institute in Dublin's Fitzwilliam Square. Comprising 29 paintings, the show was opened by Past President of the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dr Thomas Ryan PPRHA and Dr Bruno Busetti, Director of the Institute.
Andy Devane, Thomas Ryan RHA & Bruno Busetti, Director of Istituto Italiano di Cultura
Mrs. Mollie Ofarrell, Mr. P. Walton and Eorna Walton
Catriona Boyle & Anna Madden
Alessandro Mura & Donatella D’Urso
Denis & Mary Drum with Thomas Ryan PPRHA
Mrs. E. Ashe and Pete Lovitt
Susan Devane and John & Bernie Ryle
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Andy Devane shares a joke with Cherie Blair QC
Roman Reflections: During St Patrick's Week 2005, Devane staged his first solo exhibition, of 36 watercolours depicting the Roman Forum and various Italian islands he had visited. The show was held in the Pontifical Irish College, Rome and was opened by H.E. Mr Frank Cogan, Ambassador of Ireland to Italy.
Roman Reflections poster
H.E. Ambassador Frank Cogan
Birds in the Roman Forum 80x60cm Watercolour
Marco Aurelio's Horse 20x15cm Watercolour
Piazza Mattei 26x19cm Watercolour
Roman Tile 20x15cm Watercolour
Pamphilj Pope 30x20cm Watercolour
Battle Scene, Triptych 70x30cm Watercolour
Centurians 30x50cm Watercolour
Roman Garden60x80cm Oils
Oceanus, Sabratha Baths12x8cm Watercolour